author for contemporary fantasy – Alice Hoffman?

Here’s a recommendation I spotted recently – author Alice Hoffman, who writes contemporary fantasy. I wonder whether it will be like Tanya Huff’s Enchantment Emporium?  It sounds somewhat similar: family of magic-wielders, etc.

…it would be a good idea to start with Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman since I remember enjoying the movie when I watched it years ago. I can’t recall the details anymore but maybe I can watch it again after I finish reading the novel. Also, Alice Hoffman has a lot of magic realism books and I’m curious about her writing.

Here’s the summary from Alice Hoffman’s website:

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally endured that fate: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their darkened house and their love concoctions and their crowd of black cats. All Gillian and Sally wanted to do was escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back to each other, and to the magic they couldn’t escape.

via Chachic’s Book Nook.

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